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Whitmer, congressional delegates visit Michigan National Guard troops in D.C.

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Jonothan Colman
Michigan is expected to send one less representative to Congress after the Census releases its numbers this week.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a stop in Washington, D.C. on Friday to visit Michigan National Guard troops.

There are roughly 1,000 Michigan Guard members stationed in Washington following the attacks on the nation’s Capitol.

Despite a request for the troops to remain, the governor said she would not agree to extend the deployment beyond March 12.That was after reports that the troops were served poor quality and undercooked food.

Some of the troops required medical treatment as a result. Whitmer complained to the acting Army secretary about the conditions.

Whitmer was joined on the visit by members of Michigan’s congressional delegation.

A spokesperson for the governor said Michigan units were among the first to arrive to D.C. in response to the unrest and it’s time for them to return home.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.